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Michael Spitzer (Professor of Music, University of Liverpool)
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: The Evolution of Music
Webinar Date: June 18, 2021
You’re listening to your favourite music. You could be at a concert, a festival, a gig, or listening through earphones walking through a city. No matter what, the music transports you to a magical place. It fills you with joy. It heals you. It connects you – to others, to nature, to the cosmos, to yourself. How does music do that? Where did music come from, and how did it figure in human evolution? Music is (arguably) the most important thing we ever did as a species, and may be key to our future survival.
Why should you attend?
This webinar will outline the evolution of music on the widest possible canvas. It will reveal the steps from animal communication and Neanderthal song to ancient bone flutes, and then to Beethoven, Beyoncé, and Artificial Intelligence.
Michael Spitzer is Professor of Music at the University of Liverpool. He was educated at Merton College Oxford and Southampton University, and taught for twenty years at Durham University. He has written about a huge range of music, from Beethoven to American indie, and is interested in how music intersects with other disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, and anthropology. His previous books include Metaphor and Musical Thought (Chicago, 2004), Music as Philosophy (Indiana, 2006), and A History of Emotion in Western Music: A Thousand Years From Chant to Pop (Oxford, 2020). The Musical Human (Bloomsbury, 2021) has been translated into ten languages, and has an audio-book read by Daniel Levitin. It was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in April 2021, read by Simon McBurney.
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